Culver Theater Restoration/Renovation Plans Scaled Back

posted by Ross Melnick on July 16, 2002 at 4:14 am

CULVER CITY, CA — The Center Theatre Group has been forced to scrap its plans for an additional 100-seat auditorium to be built inside the old Culver Theater balcony because it could not be lowered enough, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

The former movie house will reopen in 2004 as a performing arts center named the Kirk Douglas Theatre after the legendary actor who has pledged $2.5 million to its restoration campaign. Costs for the project have increased from an estimated $8 million to $10.9 million with $7 million already in the bank.

The theater will now house a 320-seat auditotium and a mixed rehearsal space/classroom in the converted balcony area.

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